Heading into Thursday night's matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays, veteran hurler Ubaldo Jimenez was the owner of an ERA only his mother could love.
After eight genuinely shocking innings of scoreless pitching, Jimenez lowered that same earned run average to 6.48.
It's been that kind of season for the 33-year-old righty, but Ubaldo Jimenez has the opportunity to build off the gem he threw against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Eight shutout frames! With eight strikeouts and just one measly walk!
Okay, so even a broken clock is right twice a day, but eight innings of two-hit ball is eight innings of two-hit ball at this level. More impressively, Jimenez bounced back from a flat-out embarrassing effort against the Tampa Bay Rays last weekend in which he gave up nine earned runs in 2.1 innings of work.
I was introducing some guests from Norway to baseball tonight. Basically they think Ubaldo Jimenez is the best pitcher in the major leagues.— Minor Leaguer (@Minor_Leaguer) June 30, 2017
Any given Thursday, right?
Jimenez will take a 3-3 record and his unsightly peripherals to Milwaukee for an interleague matchup with the Brewers on Independence Day. It could get ugly, or it could be the most beautifully pitched game of the 2017 season.